Angelica Rylin: “It’s only your mind that sets the limit”
Angelica Rylin, singer of The Murder of my Sweet, releases her first solo-record “Thrive”. As a surprise for the fans it’s going to be a Melodic Rock album. The talented young lady with Swedish and Australian roots talks with STALKER about her passion for Melodic Rock, about the future of The Murder of my Sweet and why she chose living in the cold country Sweden over the sunny Australia.
Hello Angelica, how are you doing? Your first solo-record ”Thrive” is about to be released in a couple of days, how are you feeling about it?
I am very excited! I´m writing and recording music full time. I´m growing as a vocalist, I´m having fun and I´m exploring my musicality.
With this record you fulfilled one of your childhood dreams, how come you are such a big fan of Melodic Rock?
I’m born in the early 80’s, so this kind of music was all around me growing up. I love the energy and the vibe from that musical era. It’s a never dying art form of sort. It’s different from the music we do with TMOMS, but still I don’t think that the leap is that big. And you know, it was a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a singer and a song writer.
Which musicians inspired you, for your songs and for this album?
My heroes growing up were Ann Wilson (Heart), Lisa Dalbello, Pat Benatar, Leigh Matty (Romeo’s Daughter), Bonnie Tyler, and I have also always loved Whitney Houston. I get inspired by all of them because of their own very unique personas and stage personalities. They all seem very strong and independent to me.
Tell me a bit more about your upcoming record ”Thrive”, did you write all the songs yourself or who was involved in the writing and recording process?
I wrote and co-wrote about seven songs on this album and the rest was given to me by other fantastic songwriters. I worked with Harry Hess, Robert Sall, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Anders and Eric Wigelius to name a few. And I also got some amazing solos from both Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Jesper Stromblad (ex. Inflames, The Resistance) and Matt Guillory (James Labrie). We recorded Thrive in Sound Vs. Science Studio with my producer Daniel Flores.
I think one thing that your fans would like to know is, whether now that you are doing a solo record, The Murder of my Sweet is forgotten for you and you just concentrate on that project, or whether you really have time for both things?
I am not giving up on The Murder Of My Sweet. In fact we are working on a third album right now. I do believe it’s possible to continue with these two projects. It’s only your mind that sets the limit and I’m not nearly done yet ;)
You’ve been living in Australia when you started to sing, did you take singing lessons or was it all learning by doing?
I am actually born and raised here in Stockholm (with both Swedish and Australian parents), and although I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, I didn’t start taking singing lessons until high school. Up until then it was just learning by doing and listening to other singers and trying to copy them.
What do you miss most about Australia that you can’t get in Sweden?
The sun and the ginger colored beaches. I also miss the smell of eucalyptus and the sound of the kookaburra birds! Not to forget the people. The people in Australia are one of the kindest and most helpful people I’ve come across so far.
You also been a dancer at the Swedish Ballet-academy, can you tell a bit more about this time when you were there? Did you have stage performances with it too? Are you still dancing nowadays?
I danced six days a week between the ages 13 to 20. It was my life and I loved it, but it came a time when I had to choose between pursuing a career as a dancer or as a singer, and singing won. Each career choice demanded my full attention, and frankly there are not enough hours in a day!
The Melodic Rock Scene is nowadays still a very male dominated area. What do you think, is it a benefit to be a woman or is it a disadvantage?
I think as women we might get judged on more levels than the men. There is so much focus on our visual appearances, sometimes more than on our music. It can be a little tiring at times, but I guess that’s just the way it is. At the end it must be about the music and it shouldn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, as long as the music is good.
You fulfilled now one of your childhood dreams, is there another you have?
I still haven’t gone on a world wide tour, so that wish is still on my list and I’ve always been a fan of movies, so I wouldn’t mind playing a part in one some day.
So then last but not least: What question would you like to be asked in an interview you have never been asked before?
Oh this is a hard one…. I think every journalist I’ve talked to have had their own unique questions. But let me tell you this, I really enjoy when journalists are cool, laid back and genuinely curious about the project, so it’s more of a conversation between two friend than an interrogation ;)
Thank you very much for your time and all the best with Thrive!
Thank you so much and please follow me at www.facebook.com/angelica.rylin and don’t forget to view and share my video on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zno57ldw5wA
Author: Sandy Mahrer, photos: Band Date: 2013-12-10